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Former IIAF Tomcat pilots tell the True Story of why Iran picked the F-14 over the F-15
‘The AWG-9 enabled us to engage at ranges that F-15 pilots could only dream of. We could even use AIM-7s and AIM-9s at longer ranges than the Eagle,’ Maj Ali former IIAF F-14 Tomcat pilot Iran's inability to prevent overflights by Soviet MiG-25Rs is said by many Western observers to have been...
The Soviet MiG-25s Reconnaissance Flights over Israel that IAF Fighters were never able to intercept
'We saw Phantoms being scrambled from bases in Israel, but especially so from Meliz and their new base in the southern Sinai. They were climbing at maximum speed, but never came even near to the MiG-25s," Fuad Kamal, EAF Pilot Throughout the period between August 1970 and spring 1971, the ceasefire between Egypt and Israel (the Rogers peace plan) was...
Here's an insight into MiG-25PD operations conducted against Det 4 SR-71s flying over the Baltic Sea
Had there ever been an order to shoot down the SR-71, the MiG-25PD crews were ready. But the routine of this event never escalated to such a dramatic situation Immediately after World War II, it was clear that two geopolitical systems would dominate the world. Inherent in both was their mutually abiding mistrust of one another, which sowed the seeds...
Dogfighting Foxbats: USAF F-15s Vs Iraqi (or Russian?) MiG-25s
'I looked at him more closely and saw that he had two missile pylons under each wing. Now I knew that it was not an F-15 or F-14. That was the moment I knew that my target was a "Foxbat". Then I started shooting' Rick 'Kluso' Tollini, F-15 pilot The F-15C Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit...
The defection of Viktor Belenko, the pilot who stole the super secret Soviet's MiG-25 fighter jet
The MiG-25 was of special importance to the Soviet air defence, since (until the MiG-31 entered service) it was the only aircraft capable of intercepting the Lockheed SR-71A strategic reconnaissance aircraft On Sep. 6, 1976, Lt Viktor Belenko, a pilot of a PVO unit based at Chuguyevka air base north of Vladivostok (some sources state Sakharovka air base) failed to...
The spy planes that the Israeli F-4 Phantom fighters were never able to shoot down
The most worrisome MiG-25 reconnaissance flight occurred on Oct. 10, 1971 when a pair of Foxbats flew parallel to the Israeli and Sinai Mediterranean coastline, 17 miles offshore, at Mach 2.5 and extreme altitude. Attempts to intercept the intruders were fruitless The reason the Israeli Air Force (IAF) worked so hard to obtain the F-4 in the late 1960s, and relied...
Video shows MiG-31 catching fire on the runway
The fire started from the right engine. Both pilots have been saved; no one has been injured. A MiG-31 caught fire while the aircraft was on the runway in Russia’s Permsky Krai on May 18, 2018. Russia says the fire started from the right engine. "The pilots were about to conduct a training flight, but the aircraft was caught on fire while...
Viggen Vs Blackbird: how Swedish JA-37 fighter pilots were able to achieve radar lock on the legendary SR-71 Mach 3 spy plane
"In total I have five hot intercepts against the SR-71 to my credit. All can be described as successful," Per-Olof Eldh, Swedish Air Force JA-37 Viggen pilot At the height of the Cold War, when East-West tensions were at their greatest, Swedish JA-37 Jaktviggen (or fighter Viggen) fighter pilots were scrambled on 400-500 live Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) missions per...
Foxbat Vs Blackbird: why the MiG-25 never posed a credible threat to the SR-71 Mach 3 spy plane
SR-71s flew off the coast of Russia, "taunting and toying with MiG-25s sent up to intercept them, scooting up to altitudes the Soviet planes could not reach," Viktor Belenko, former Soviet MiG-25 pilot In the late 1960s, the USSR revealed the existence of the aircraft that appeared to be the world’s deadliest fighter, the MiG-25 (NATO reporting name “Foxbat”). This...
Tomcat Vs Foxbat: the story of how IRIAF F-14 crews learned to shoot down the MiG-25 Mach 3 fighter jet
The F-14 Tomcat fired one AIM-54A from a range of over 100km (60 miles). The missile quickly cut the distance to the MiG-25 Foxbat and slammed into it, creating a huge ball of fire When the then Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF, renamed Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, IRIAF, after the Islamic Revolution) purchased the F-14 Tomcat the service...